Thiruvananthapuram/Bangalore: Congress MP K
Sudhakaran was today charged by Kerala police with concealing
design to commit crime in connection with his startling claim
that he was witness to a Supreme Court judge allegedly being
bribed 15 years ago.
The Museum police registered the case against Sudhakaran
under sections 120 and 200 of IPC--concealing design to commit
offences and using false declaration as true respectively-- on
a complaint by a lawyers` forum in Thiruvananthapuram which
alleged his speech at a public meeting few days back amounted
to insulting the judiciary.
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily disapproved of
Sudhakaran`s remarks saying such allegations could make people
lose confidence in the judiciary.
Sudhakaran`s sensational speech at Kottarakkara in
Kollam district last Saturday has sparked a huge controversy
in political and legal circles.
The Congress has distanced itself from Sudhakaran`s
adverse remarks, holding that the party was against any
attempt that would dent judiciary`s credibility.
Sudhakaran, a former state minister who now represents
Kannur in the Lok Sabha, had made the charge without naming
the judge at the meeting organised by supporters of R
Balakrishna Pillai, who was recently sentenced to one year
imprisonment by the Supreme Court in a corruption case.
Moily said "You cannot pass remarks(against judiciary)
that will bring the institution to disrepute".
"The judiciary ..is very important. We have taken all 62
years... many pains and agonies people have suffered, to build
this institution", he said.
"You will have to be very careful, whoever it is, be it
a minister, MP or anybody. While making comments on people who
occupy the highest office, let them not forget what that they
are doing is making people to lose confidence in those
institutions" Moily asserted.
"Individuals are not important,institutions are
important", he said.
"It is necessary for us to nurture and also rebuild the
credibility of the institutions", he said.
"Making off the cuff remarks on some personality, I do
not approve of it", he said responding to queries on
The CPI(M) and other parties have asked Sudhakaran to
come out with details of his bribery claim and also criticised
his silence all these years.